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END OF FENDER BENDERS

Experts see a world free of crashes, not drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A parade of new mainstream models equipped with advanced safety technologies that take control of the vehicle in certain instances will soon be in showrooms. But the goal of a car that makes its own way, sans driver, remains distant and uncertain.... Read More »

 

Fleet helps drive big August sales numbers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Growth in fleet sales outpaced retail in last month's robust U.S. auto market.... Read More »

 

Subaru raises U.S. sales forecast

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Subaru has boosted its forecast for sales this year to 500,000.... Read More »

 

Easing off on acquisitions

AutoNation adds 4 stores, but won't buy much more this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
AutoNation Inc.'s deal to buy four Bellevue, Wash., luxury-brand dealerships is the company's biggest acquisition since late 2012.... Read More »

 

Industry learns to share road with tech giants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Now that North America's mobile-phone market has matured, corporate behemoths such as Verizon, AT&T, Google and Apple have zeroed in on autos as the next big thing.... Read More »

 

Sell more Dodges, get more Hellcats, brand tells dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Dodge will give more new 707-hp 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcats to dealers who sell more other Dodge vehicles. Challenger SRT Hellcat allocation is based on the total of Dodge vehicles that a dealer sold in the previous 180 days, brand head Tim Kuniskis said.... Read More »

 

Ferrari's profit power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Ferrari represents a tiny fraction of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' sales but a significant part of its profits.... Read More »

 

Wall Street sees value in Group 1, Lithia acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In the dealership acquisition market, reward follows risk. The two most active acquirers among public dealership groups -- Group 1 Automotive and Lithia Motors -- are also the winners when it comes to rising valuations, according to a report released last week by dealership buy-sell adviser Erin Kerrigan.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Why Google cars? The software, stupid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Does Google really want to become an automaker, or does it have some other goal for its driverless cars?... Read More »

 

Hot August sales shrivel inventories

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Strong auto sales in August drained dealer lots, pushing U.S. inventories to the lowest level in months.... Read More »

 

Sensor cuts self-driving car costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
You can't buy one yet, but the autonomous vehicle just got a little cheaper.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Dealerships' tech team offers training for all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A few years ago, Ford's quality ratings began to take a hit from consumers who found its MyFord Touch infotainment system less than user-friendly.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Dealers featured this week include Carter, Joe, Willy and Gerard DeCormier of DeCormier Nissan in Manchester, Conn.; Ray Dennison, dealer principal at Ray Dennison Chevrolet in Pekin, Ill.; Marie Brooks at Ellis Brooks Honda in Yreka, Calif.; and Dan Dederick of Hendrick Chrysler-Jeep in Fayetteville, N.C.... Read More »

 

Hertz CEO exits under pressure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Hertz CEO Mark Frissora, the former Tenneco chief who has led the rental car giant since 2006, resigned under pressure last week.... Read More »

 

Edmunds pushes dealers toward Price Promise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Edmunds.com, a popular car-shopping site, intends to drop dealers unwilling to join a sales program that guarantees vehicle prices to consumers, President Seth Berkowitz said last week.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

European automakers reduce company-owned dealerships

Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Volkswagen, which has Europe's biggest company-owned dealership network, aims, along with other carmakers, to reduce the number of its wholly owned retail outlets.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Pendragon No. 1 in latest ranking of Europe's top independent dealer groups

Sept. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
UK car retailer Pendragon has topped Automotive News Europe's 2014 Guide to Europe's Biggest Dealers for the second consecutive year. The list ranks independent European dealer groups by 2013 revenue using data from auto retail analyst ICDP.... Read More »

 

New Navigator rolls up to challenge Escalade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014
The new Navigator's role is to reclaim a piece of a segment Lincoln pioneered in the 1990s and then ceded to the Cadillac Escalade.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Incentives prop up sedan-heavy strategies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014
Take a look at who's been increasing incentives lately and you will see a larger trend in vehicle strategy for the United States.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Smart dealers can make big bucks through smartphones

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Car dealers are sitting on a gold mine: their idle inventories. The tool to turn that goldmine into gold is the smartphone.... Read More »

 

U.S. Treasury trims Ally stake further

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
The Treasury started a second trading plan to cut its stake in Ally Financial. After completing its first plan, it now holds 66.2 million shares of Ally’s common stock, a statement said on Friday. That’s 13.8 percent of the company, down from 16 percent in August.... Read More »

 

Tesla's $1.3 billion incentive deal with Nevada includes direct sales

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno.... Read More »

 

NADA backs renewed effort to curb CFPB oversight

11:19 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Critics of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are taking another run at curbing the bureau's regulatory tactics of issuing industry “guidance” and entering into consent orders with individual auto lenders.... Read More »

 

VW Group deliveries rise 3% in August

Sept. 12, 2014 12:29 CET
VW Group sales rose 3 percent in August as gains in Europe and China continued to offset declines in the U.S. and South America. Eight-month deliveries increase by 6 percent as group brands including Audi and Porsche increased volume.... Read More »

 

Ferrari will build more cars with Marchionne as chairman to keep pace with super rich

Sept. 11, 2014 16:18 CET
Ferrari will cater to growing numbers of super rich clients by building more cars than previously planned after Sergio Marchionne becomes chairman of the company. Marchionne said in May that the brand had the potential to sell about 10,000 vehicles annually, a rise of 43 percent over current figures.... Read More »

 

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